US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Sammy gets (a small) one in Apple's eye
Galaxy Tabs will go back on the shop shelves in America this week, as Samsung got one piece of good news from the patent court in California where its battle with Apple saw it handed a $1bn fine.
Samsung's Galaxy tab was banned in June following a ruling that it infringed a key design patent - D’889. That ruling was overturned by the jury decision on 24 August - one positive outcome for Samsung in the otherwise crushing judgment that landed it with the billion dollar headache.
Presiding Judge Lucy Koh has agreed with Samsung that the Galaxy Tab ban should be lifted promptly, and ended it yesterday. And it looks like Apple may lose $2.6m as a result.
Koh has demanded that the £2.6m bond Apple put down with the ban be held by the court, pending a determination on the damages that Samsung incurred as a result of the lost selling time.
The ban was lifted yesterday rather than on 24 August because Samsung had appealed the original ban ruling and it was processing through appeals, but as soon as Koh was re-awarded jurisdiction by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, she promptly ended the ban.
Koh dismissed Apple's claim that the ban should remain in place until all Apple's post trial motions – including pleas to ban eight different Samsung devices – had been heard and resolved.
Buoyed by the Galaxy Tab ruling, Samsung has gone on the offensive again today adding the iPhone 5 onto a list of Apple devices that it wants to see banned. Sammy argue that the new Jesus mobe infringes two standards patents and six features patents. That case is scheduled to be heard in 2014. ®
Incompatible technologies... like those thousands of dock enabled devices that need adapters for the new iPhone? Like all those apps designed for the one true perfect 4:3 aspect ratio... that isn't on the iPhone 5? Like that perfect 4:3 aspect ratio that leaves video playback on an iPad on par with TV's from 10 years ago?
And as for "it just works"... just how many pro-Apple rants include examples of just how great Apple are at replacing faulty and broken kit? Strangely, so few of them include any complaints about why the hell £500 phones break down after 3 months, instead focusing on how wonderful Apple are in replacing them without question.
You stick with your "it all just works together"... I'll stand outside the walls and have a choice of hundreds of phones, dozens of MP3 players, tablets galore and set top boxes from a whole host of manufacturers.
Actually they play together just fine. They all support the same formats and standards.
Is the new Apple sales pitch really that h.264 on my Sammy tab will cause a fire on my Asus Transformer or something?
Walled garden isn't always about DRM. It simply means being locked in, e.g., you've already invested time learning how to use it, or downloading or buying software which now won't work on anything else. (The OP didn't even say that Apple had more of a walled garden, just that it's an effect that would harm Samsung when their products were banned.)
"but still free to import your own media"
You do realise that with "walled gardens", the issue is getting your media etc out, onto another platform? Indeed, typically walled gardens do make it easy to _import_. The fact that you have to use their special itunes software, encouraging people to have all their media managed by Apple's software, which then makes it harder for people to transition elsewhere, is a perfect example of that.
Not sure why a grandmother is taking as typical of a computer ignorant person, if that's what you mean - seems sexist at the least. But older people can and do just as well use other makes of products, and in fact, of all the people I see flashing Apple logos around, it's never grandparents. The "your grandmother can use an ipad, unlike other products" is just a myth.
Shouldn't the products be banned until the trial is held - I mean, isn't that what happened to Samsung's products here? Or is it one rule for them...
Samsung can simply pay a few million to Apple if it turns out they lose the case.
"Samsung has gone on the offensive again today adding the iPhone 5 onto a list of Apple devices that it wants to see banned. Sammy argue that the new Jesus mobe infringes two standards patents and six features patents. That case is scheduled to be heard in 2014."
Haha, that's another subtle way to help Apple out; delay any cases against it until the product in question is no longer relevant.